Shah Rukh Khan: A name enough in itself
If I have to write about Shah Rukh Khan it would be just a simple line- ONE MAN ARMY. And why not? From a lover who wins his girl, a drunkard, rebellious murderer, mad emperor, a vicious stalker, parted dimple boyish face, underworld mischievous don, Asperger’s man to now a dwarf- what’s there he hasn’t done? There is nobody this artist hasn’t been and no life he hasn’t touched. Shah Rukh Khan is indeed one of the finest actor of Bollywood. But to talk about his journey, there’s nothing much to define this talent as the man ruled the industry for more than two decades.
The man from the streets of Delhi to walking on international Red-carpet’s- nothing beyond is more inspirational. Presenting the KING KHAN
Khan was born in Delhi on 2 November 1965, to a Muslim family. His father Meer Taj Mohammed Khan, was an Indian independence activist in Peshawar but after the partition he moved to New Delhi. Here Khan lived in a middle class family on their rented apartments. He has studied mostly from Hansraj College, then from Jamia Millia Islamia and then National school of Drama (partially). He was always interested in acting and use to do theatres. He mostly imitate the roles of Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Mumtaz. Khan debuted in 1989 in television series- “FAUJI”. He also did many television series such as Circus, Idiot and Wagle Ki Duniya. But he was never interested in working in the film industry as he considers himself not ready for it. It was only after the death of his father in 1981 and then his mother in 1991, khan moved to Mumbai. During this time he also married Gauri Chibbar after six years courtship. He was first signed for Hema Malini’s directorial debut ‘Dil Aashna Hai’, and by June, he had started his first shoot. His film debut was in ‘Deewana’, which was released in June 1992. Both were huge commercial success. In 1993, khan released ‘Darr’- a thriller drama which portrays him as an obsessive lover cum stalker where he worked alongside Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol. Then he released ‘Baazigar’- which again sees him in antagonist role. Both of his performance gained him a lot of fandom and praise by the critics. Though being in negative role, Shah Rukh Khan was loved by the audience. After that he went on releasing hits back to back such as ‘Karan Arjun’, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege’, ‘Pardes’, ‘Dil Toh Pagal Hai’ and many more. All of his movies were great hits and many among them were the highest grossing films of that year. He was also awarded with several Filmfare awards during the same period. He was recognized by many great directors such as Yash Chopra with whom he signed a long contract for many films.
His great commercial success- ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya le Jayege’ was even more popular overseas and is the longest running movie in Indian cinema still displaying in the Maratha Mandir in Mumbai. It has crossed more than 1000 weeks of display. In 1999 to 2003, Shah Rukh Khan produced many great hits among which, the best one was ‘Devdas’. In which he portrayed a role of a rebellious alcoholic lover which was appreciated by the critics. The film earned more than Rs.840 million at the box office. The film earned numerous accolades including 10 Filmfare Awards, with Best Actor for Khan, and a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. His role in ‘Chak De India’ and ‘My Name Is Khan’ was also a great hit where he displayed the role of a hockey coach and an Asperger’s affected person. It was the release of Zero in 2018 where he portrayed the role of a dwarf and had earned a massive appreciation. Khan has endorsed brands including Pepsi, Nokia, Hyundai, Dish TV, D’decor, LUX and TAG Heuer. Many books have been written on his journey and his story has been documented in many non-fiction films.
How he pulled the role of a dwarf person was beyond just amazing. May be that’s why Khan in total have won 14 Filmfare awards from 30 nominations and many special awards. Though he haven’t won any National Filmfare award he was awarded with the Padma Shri award by the government of India in 2005. Along with this Khan has won many international awards including the first from The University of Bedfordshire in 2009, the second from The University of Edinburgh in 2015, and his latest from The University of Law in 2019. Khan is the most decorated actor alongside Dilip Kumar in the Bollywood industry. From a boy who never thought of acting in films went on to become The King of Bollywood– his journey is more than just a journey, it’s a story that inspire millions.